Posted by Michael Hixson on February 06, 2014
Most safety gates are between 24 and 32 inches tall and can be adjusted to spaces from about 27 to 144 inches wide. Some fit up to 20 feet. Pressure-mounted gates are easier to install than those with fixed attachments. Hardware-mounted gates should always be used for blocking off stairs or other spaces where security is most important.
Dangerous gates have not been marketed since 1985. Since those models were not recalled, it is important to be aware of potential dangers if you have access to old safety gates. Spacing of bars, like those on cribs, should be no farther that 2-3/8 inches apart.